About Us

The Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of both domestic animals and wildlife found living on the New Brunswick campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey as a result of abandonment, having become lost, or by birth to the aforementioned, and - in the case of wildlife - having become sick, injured, or displaced from their natural habitat.

We are a collaboration of Rutgers staff, faculty, students, and community volunteers. Scarlet Paws has made a long-term commitment to the welfare and well-being of these animals. Following the example of animal welfare groups organized at other colleges and universities (such as Stanford, Texas A&M, Towson, and Utah State University), we endeavor to promote community awareness of their condition, and to promote, educate, and encourage responsible and timely action by the Rutgers Community and appropriate personnel, toward their care, rescue, and placement into safe and appropriate environments.

Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, Inc is a public charity exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, Inc are tax deductible.

News

Mickey and Mouse are looking for a new home! Meet them at Princeton Petsmart.

Mickey Mouse

(4/13/2015; updated 5/15/2015) Mickey (above left and below left; click for larger pictures) and Mouse (above right and below right; click for larger pictures) are two very friendly male tuxedo cats who were recently rescued from Busch Campus. These little men are big talkers, love people, can easily be held, and love to be petted! They are both litter-box trained.

Mickey and Mouse have been neutered, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and tested negative for Fiv/FeLV and parasites.

Because these boys are so close, we are hoping they can be adopted together!

Update: From now until the first week of June, you can meet and play with Mickey and Mouse at the Princeton Petsmart, located at 111 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 (Telephone: (609) 520-9200).

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100, or $150 for two cats together. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

If you are interested in adopting Mickey and/or Mouse, please contact us!

Mickey Mouse


Vote for Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network in the Animal Rescue Site's "Beta Shelter Challenge"

(5/9/2015) Please vote for Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network in the Animal Rescue Site's Beta Shelter Challenge! Your vote will help The Animal Rescue Site choose which domestic and international animal rescue and welfare organizations to support with grants.

To vote, please do the following:

  1. Go to: http://www.shelterchallenge.com/home
  2. Under Shelter Search, enter Scarlet Paws for Shelter Name
  3. For State, select NJ
  4. Click Search
  5. Click Vote button to the right of Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network
  6. Enter the Captcha code displayed, and click Vote.

If you are on a private network or shared computer and cannot find the "Vote" button, you should be able to vote by clicking Register to the upper right of http://www.shelterchallenge.com/home, then creating your own Shelter Challenge account.

You can vote once per day. Thanks for voting!



Cappuccino and Espresso are looking for a home!

Cappuccino Espresso

(5/2/2015) Cappuccino (above left; click for larger picture) and Espresso (above right; click for larger picture) are two sweet black female cats who were recently rescued from Busch Campus. These girls are approximately 6 months old.

Cappuccino is very curious and playful. She is slow to warm up, but very sweet when she does. She loves to just sit with you and have down time, and is very food-motivated.

Espresso is very cautious, but playful after she warms up to you. She follows Cappuccino wherever she goes and will allow you to pet her sometimes during down time.

Cappuccino and Espresso have been neutered, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and tested negative for Fiv/FeLV and parasites.

Because these girls are so close, we are hoping they can be adopted together!

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100, or $150 for two cats together. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

If you are interested in adopting Cappuccino and Espresso, please contact us!

Cappuccino and Espresso taking a nap together (click for larger picture):

Mickey


Alicia is still looking for a foster home or permanent home!

Alicia

(7/12/2014; updated 3/27/2015) Alicia (left; click for a larger image) is an extraordinarily silky soft, extremely clean, young, elegant, fast-moving, beautiful female tabby rescued from College Avenue Campus. Approximately 2.5 years old, she has been neutered, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and is negative for FIV/Feleuk.

Alicia does not sit still for long, unless she is standing or sitting on your lap, pushing her face into your hand while purring. She has a lot of energy to burn and must do so! Her favorite daily activity (which she must have) is when she plays with you. Make sure you have a feather wand handy for playtime, move it in circles or above her head, and watch her leap! Alicia gallops quickly and quietly as she makes her rounds and looks out the window. She loves dry food, loves to have her head, chin and back scratched, and purrs if you oblige!

Alicia would be ideal as a single cat, or with another cat who would respect her space. When another cat gets too close, she gets nervous and swats/advances. If the other cat is the type to stay a few feet away, she lets them be and feels more secure. She would do well with responsible older children who would oblige her need for human contact, but who would also be able to read her signals and help get her energy out with appropriate play.

See Alicia in action:

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

Please note that potential fosterers will be asked to complete a foster agreement (DOC | PDF).

If you are interested in adopting or fostering Alicia, please contact us!

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Alicia:

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Adoptable Scarlet Paws cats thank HarnessLife.org for their generous support!

HarnessLife.org

(3/7/2015) Alicia (below, left) and Tuxie (below, right), two cats currently available for adoption through Scarlet Paws, thank HarnessLife.org for their generous donation of a $100 spay/neuter grant!

Read more about Alicia.

Read more about Tuxie.

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Alicia (left) and Tuxie (right):

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Mylo

Alert: Lost dog in New Brunswick, possibly near Douglass Campus

(3/2/2015) Little Mylo (pictured at right) went missing on March 1. He's only 5 months old. He might be in the area of Georges Road or Douglass Campus at Rutgers. Please help us get him back home. He needs to be safe and warm!

Mylo has a microchip! (#900118000331819) If found, please contact Dary T at 908-937-6337 or by email.



"Sweet Simon" needs a foster or permanent home!

Simon

(2/25/2015) Simon (at right; click for a larger image), an extremely loveable - and people-loving - cat, needs a new indoor home! Simon is very calm, and acclimates to new people and responsible children very easily and happily! He just wants to follow you around the house, or lounge on the couch with you. Simon is a great cat to keep you company!

Simon is front-paw declawed, and would be fine living with a friendly dog (he lives with one now). He would prefer to be the only cat in a new situation, if possible.

Simon's owner is heartbroken to have to part with him, and would greatly appreciate the chance to have him stay in the Highland Park area with a new loving family that she can stay in touch with.

For more information, please contact owner Lori at loriyah[at]gmail[dot]com.

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Simon:

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Bishop Street Cat

Friendly cat (possibly a lost pet) found near Bishop Street

(2/1/2015) On January 26, a member of the Rutgers Community found a small gray cat (at right; click for a larger picture) near Bishop Street in New Brunswick. The cat approached her, and the person brought her inside her house and has been feeding and caring for her.

The cat seems very domesticated, and may be someone's pet. If you have any information about this cat, please contact Jacqueline.




North Brunswick Humane Association provides generous 2014-2015 Spay/Neuter grant to Scarlet Paws

North Brunswick Humane Association Logo

(12/09/2014) Scarlet Paws extends thanks to the North Brunswick Humane Association for their continued support and generosity during this 2014-2015 year. We are most grateful for the donation of a $1,000 subsidy towards Spay/Neuter.

Learn more about North Brunswick Humane Association at their website.



Zack loves Tuxie! They are looking for a foster or permanent home.

Zack and Tuxie

(7/26/2014) Zack and Tuxie (above, click for a larger image) are two cats rescued from College Avenue Campus, who are seeking adoption or foster care.

Tuxie is a large Black & White Tuxedo female rescued from College Avenue Campus in Fall 2013. Approximately 2 years old now, Tuxie has been spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and is negative for FIV/Feleuk.

Tuxie has been overcoming her shyness of people and now is very vocal for attention with her foster adult. She loves to be petted on her head and chin, flops down on her side to stretch happily, and is ready for the next step of being fostered or adopted by an adult who is an experienced cat socializer. She would make ideal companion for adult(s) who live in a small apartment so she can race around when she gets the "crazies" and satisfy her great curiosity, but return easily to her safe home base spot.

Tuxie loves wet food, uses her litterbox, and loves to rub her face and body while standing on her tippy-toes. Tuxie would be ideal with an experienced cat-socializer as her next foster person or permanent care-giver.

Zack was rescued from College Ave Campus in New Brunswick in early June 2014. Zack has been neutered, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and has tested negative for FIV/Feleuk.

Zack has blossomed into a playful, gentle curious youngster who LOVES the company of other friendly cats! Zack is still often shy with new people, so he would be ideal for a patient, understanding, and experienced cat owner who would be able to spend time learning to bond with him.

Zack enjoys scrambling after balls of paper thrown by his foster family. He loves to be pet and scratched on his head and chin, and flops down on his side like a rag doll when you oblige! With the right person and other cats to keep him company, he is ready to discover all the adventures that living safely indoors offers. He will come up to you when you offer his favorite foods - dry kitten chow and any canned food.

Zack loves Tuxie! If possible, it would be wonderful to adopt this pair together (though it is not required).

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF), and sign an adoption contract if the application is approved. Our adoption fee for one cat is $100, or $150 for two cats together. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

Please note that potential fosterers will be asked to complete a foster agreement (DOC | PDF).

If you are interested in fostering or adopting Zack and/or Tuxie, please contact us!

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Tuxie (check back soon for pictures of Zack):

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